Gay community to hold parleys with religious leaders in Bangalore

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Coimbatore, July 17 (ANI): Members of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has said that they would speak and persuade the religious leaders, who are opposed to homosexuality.

In its recent landmark verdict, the Delhi High Court had ruled that gay sex was no longer a crime, a verdict that will bolster demands by gay and health groups that the government scrap a British colonial law, which bans homosexual sex.

However, following the court ruling on gay sex, many religious groups have turned it as moral degradation in the society and demanded that the court's ruling be annulled.

But the LGBT community in Bangalore has decided to persuade the religious leaders to accept the ruling.

Subhra Chako, executive director, Sangama, an organisation working for the rights of the LGBT community, said that they would hold talks with religious leaders.

"We feel that religion is an important aspect of our life in India especially and we want to discuss with religious leaders about this so that is what we want to do," noted Subhra Chako, executive director, Sangama.

B.T Venktesh, lawyer and member of advisory board, Sangama, feels that Section 377 should have been repealed from the law books from the very first day of the framing of our Constitution.

"Law which is colonial in nature...is a thing which should not have been there on the day one of the Constitution. That provision should have been repealed from the law books as on the day itself as on January 26, 1950," said B.T Venktesh. (ANI)

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